The following is a list of the prize money up for grabs for professional golfers at the 2014 Honda Classic being held from Thursday, February 27, 2014, to Sunday, March 2, 2014, at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
PGA National is located just inland from the Atlantic Ocean in Palm Beach Gardens in South Florida, about 80 miles north of Miami. The 2014 Honda Classic has attracted a stellar field, led by golf's three biggest stars in Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy. I believe the Honda Classic will be the first tournament of 2014 with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy all playing.
As a quick trivia question, which of the three stars, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, or Rory McIlroy, has won the Honda Classic the most times? The answer may shock some golf fans, but the only one of the big three to ever win the Honda Classic is Rory McIlroy, who won the tournament in 2012.
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have not played the Honda Classic that often in the past, but this will be Tiger Woods' third straight appearance. Tiger Woods lives just up the road from PGA National on Jupiter Island, and say what you want about Tiger, but he does support many charities including the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, which the Honda Classic supports.
The players with the most wins at the Honda Classic are Jack Nicklaus (1977 and 1978), Johnny Miller (1980 and 1983), and Mark Calcavecchia (1987 and 1998) with two wins each. You know that Rory McIlroy would love to win the Honda Classic this year and add his name to that list, and that Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods would each like to win the Honda Classic for the first time in 2014.
Golf prize money up for grabs at 2014 Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens
The total prize money up for grabs at the 2014 Honda Classic is $6 million. That is the same amount of prize money the Honda Classic had in 2013.
If Tiger Woods keeps playing the Honda Classic, the prize money should start climbing. Attendance has soared from 112,000 in 2011 to 169,000 in 2013, a gain of over 50%, as Tiger Woods played in the tournament in 2012 and 2013.
Winner - $1.080 million
The winner of the 2014 Honda Classic will earn a cool $1.080 million. That is the same amount Michael Thompson earned for winning the 2013 Honda Classic.
Second Place - $648,000
The second place finisher will earn $648,000 in 2014, the same amount Geoff Ogilvy earned for his second place finish last year.
Third Place - $408,000
The third place finisher at the 2014 Honda Classic will earn $408,000, the same amount Luke Guthrie earned here for his third place finish last year.
Fourth Place - $350,000 (estimate)
Keegan Bradley, Erik Compton, Lucas Glover, David Lynn, and Justin Rose split $1.131 million (each earning $226,200) when they all tied for fourth place at the 2013 Honda Classic.
Fifth Place - $290,000 (estimate)